Jamui police claimed to have busted a Maoist den and recovered a huge cache of arms in an operation by security forces, close to the Jharkhand border. Two Maoist squad members have been arrested.
Police claimed the operation to be a ‘huge success’. Jamui district forces, operating in tandem with the COBRA batallions of the CRPF and Bihar military police (BMP) stationed at Ghormo camp, encircled the area in a night operation after long-range patrols earlier sensed insurgent activity.
Jamui superintendent of police Jayant Kant said the forces arrested Motilal Marandi alias Ranveer Rana alias Sanjay from the forests south of Pesratand village adjoining Saruna-Badshila road. Marandi is named accused in a number of criminal cases, the encounter in Hasikol forests and a raid on hot mix plants in Jamui areas.
Kaju Mandal, another Maoist operative, was also arrested. The forces recovered regular rifle of 3.15 bore, one 9 mm pistol, live cartridges, a dairy, Maoist uniforms and literature.
Jamui, about 230 km east of Patna, besides Munger’s Bhimbandh area, has been the most disturbed area of the 19 LWE affected Bihar districts.
The area, which is dotted with the northern Vindhyan outcrop, has been used as a safe corridor for Maoist movements.